EI Program Characteristics for the period of August 10, 2014 to September 06, 2014

Province / Territory Economic Region Code Economic Region Name Unemployment Rate Number of Insured Hours Required to Qualify for Regular Benefits Minimum Number of Weeks Payable for Regular Benefits Maximum Number of Weeks Payable for Regular Benefits
Quebec 16 Montreal (map) 8.9 595 18 42

  1. A minimum of 910 hours in the qualifying period may be needed to qualify if you are in the work force for the first time or if you are re-entering the work force after an absence of two or more years. For more information: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/ei/types/regular.shtml#number.
  2. Violations from previous EI claims may increase the number of hours required to qualify for EI benefits. For more information: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/ei/fraud/violation_chart.shtml#If.